Eric "EO" Oberthaler received a B.M. from Oberlin Conservatory ('93) and an M.F.A. from the California Institute of the Arts ('96), where he studied composition with Mel Powell and Stephen Mosko, trumpet and improvisation with Wadada Leo Smith, and classical Indian music with sarod master Rajeev Taranath. Equally at home with digital audio production and traditional composition, EO has produced a diverse body of work that includes the music for Yes Sweet Can!, Flowering Anomalies (recently premiered at TED2009), Chorus of Dreams and Inside Out (two feature-length stage shows created for UV-light dance-theater company ArcheDream for Humankind), three large-scale operatic rituals for the Burning Man festival (1999, 2000, 2002) involving hundreds of performers, the techno-rock opera Joe Messiah, and dozens of songs and new works for Gamelan X, including their recent CD release, SATU.
EO's chamber orchestra compositions have been performed by the Atlantic Brass Quintet, the CalArts New Century Players, Indiana University New Music Ensemble, and the Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble. A naturally dynamic performer, E O specializes in trumpet, keyboards, and voice. He is a featured trumpeter with Brass Menazeri, the Bay Area's premier balkan brass band, and has appeared on numerous recordings including the Residents' Animal Lover and Joanna Newsom's recent release, Have One On Me.
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